CPI (M) worker killed in Kalyanpur: Day-long agitation in GB area with dead body, main accused Gram Pradhan arrested
Amidst continuation of post-poll violence , the situation turned volatile after killing of a CPI(M) worker at Kalyanpur that police said ‘non-political’ while the opposition parties claimed it as a ‘political murder’, while arrested a BJP leader and Pradhan of Dwarikapur Gram Panchayat as prime accused.
With Saturday's incident, 17 incidents of post poll violence were reported after the February 16 assembly elections in Tripura in which 22 people were arrested.
Police said on Sunday that following a personal enmity and quarrel with Panchayat Pradhan of Dwarikapur Gram Panchayat, Krishna Kamal Das attacked Dilip Sukla Das (50) late Saturday night.
Sukla Das sustained critical injuries in the attack and he was shifted to Khowai district hospital and after his condition deteriorated, injured Sukladas was referred to GB Hospital in Agartala in critical condition l, where he succumbed to his injuries during medical treatment.
The police later told the media that the incident was not "political in nature" and the murder took place due to personal enmity and they added that the main accused, Kamal Das, was arrested. Raids are continuing to arrest other accused persons
Meanwhile, CPI (M) state Secretary Jitendra Chaudhury said Kamal Das had called Sukla Das out of his home late Saturday night and attacked him.
Police refused to hand over the body to the family members or the party suspecting that it may cause tension while opposition parties led by CPI(M) state secretary Jitendra Choudhury protested in front of the GB Hospital and then resorted to a road blockade movement.
After altercation with on duty police officials, CPI(M) leaders and their workers moves towards party headquarters in Melarmath area of Agartala with the body of slain party worker Dilip Sukladas, but they reached near Heritage park area of the city, police stopped their funeral procession and did not allow them move further.
From 1.30 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, hundreds of CPI (M) workers with their top leaders were stranded in the busiest GB Road at Kunjaban area with the body demanding to allow them to give last tributes to their slain party worker. But, adamant police administrations are not ready to allow them.
Speaking with media persons during the road blockade programme, Jitendra Chaudhury said that it's a direct human right violation. “Every kin of the deceased person have every right to give last respect to their departed nearest one, similarly, all political parties have also rights to give last tributes of their martyr party worker, but the police administration over the influence top BJP leaders are suppressing basic rights of a political party,” said Chaudhury.
He said that they will not move a single inch without the body of the Sukladas. He added that they are only demanding a few minutes with police escort to give last tributes to their martyr party worker and after 10 minutes of tributes, they will hand over the body to police.
"The police did not allow us to pay the last respect to the victim. Taliban rule is going on in Tripura. The police violated human rights by not giving the body of Sukla Das to his family," said Chaudhury.
According to the Left leader, after the February 16 assembly elections, a large number of incidents took place in Khowai, West Tripura, South Tripura, Gomati and Sepahijala districts and in all cases, the BJP and their goons were involved.
In the meantime, after the passing of three hours, IGP(Law and Order) L Darlong along with SP(West) Sankar Debnath rushed to the spot and tried to convince agitated CPI(M) leaders and Congress leaders including Sudip Roy Barman and Ashish Kumar Saha. But, impasse still went on and after 30 minutes, the IGP again returned back to the agitation spot and allowed their CPI (M) leaders to continue their procession with the dead body, but up to the Circuit House area of the city.
Later, after reaching Circuit House, opposition leader Manik Sarkar along with other top CPI (M) Congress leaders paid their floral tributes to slain Dilip Sukladas and handed over the body to police for the last rites at his ancestor village in Dwarikapur area of Kalyanpur.
It may be recalled here that a high voltage tension erupted at Dwarikapur Panchayat area as the news about the death of Dilip Sukladas broke out on Monday. The deceased person is reported to have had a heated clash with the Panchayat Pradhan for being politically biased and depriving him of the due benefits of government schemes.